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  • Full board Big 5 safari in the beautiful mountainous Welgevonden Reserve
  • Intimate venue with 5 luxurious chalets tucked into the surrounding bush
  • Stunning vistas from the lodge deck

Nedile Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

68km from Vaalwater


-24.2531, 27.7419


Covering an incredibly diverse array of habitats, the spectacular Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in Limpopo is an idyllic home for the equally beautiful Nedile Lodge, where guests can experience exclusive luxury and, above all, a soothing spiritual connection with Mother Nature. 

Set on a hill with spectacular views of the bushveld, the thatched lodge has an elegant African style, enhanced by top quality furnishings and unique artefacts. 

The accommodation comprises five luxury suites, privately tucked away between rocky outcrops and geared for comfort, with luxuriant King-size beds, fans, hairdryers, safes, mini bars and fireplaces. 

The elevated positioning of the suites means that guests can enjoy gorgeous views stretching over the bushveld to the Waterberg Mountains. 

These views are best admired from the private decks, while large windows in the full en-suite bathrooms allow the same magnificent vistas to be soaked up from the indulgent bath tubs. The showers are generously sized, and outdoor showers create a refreshing connection with nature. In one of the suites, couples with a child in tow can request a single bed to be added, while two suites can be linked to make a more spacious unit for larger families. 

Three excellent meals per day, inspired by a fusion of African and international flavours, are included in the rates, prepared under the expertise of a resident chef with ample culinary experience.

Also included, the morning and after game drives offer the opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the vast reserve and get up-close with animal residents, including the Big Five.

An experienced guide will provide a fascinating insight into any wildlife that is encountered, and will take care of any needs. Throughout the drive, passengers will be spellbound by the diversity of the landscape, which changes from wooded mountains, to deep gorges, grassy plains and bushveld. A stop for drinks and snacks at one of the many stunning sites on the reserve will provide the fuel for the next leg of the exciting safari.

The evening drive culminates in magnificent fashion; with a sundowner, a night-time safari and a spectacular carpet of stars. After the guide points out some of the most interesting facets of the night sky, dinner at the outdoor boma is a perfect way to end the evening. 

For a more intimate look at the bush and all its wildlife - big and small - guests can choose to replace a drive for a guided walk. Between activities, daytime hours can be lazed away at the rock swimming pool or in the lounge, with a drink from the honesty bar in hand. Whether guests are game viewing, dining or relaxing, attentive staff are always on hand to help them enjoy the experience to its fullest.

Rates & Summary

4 Exclusive Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Deck with bushveld and mountain views 

Family Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
Enquire directly about single bed for third guest
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Deck with bushveld and mountain views


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Full Board


Children 10 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Nedile Lodge offers an exclusive full board safari in the 36 000ha Welgevonden Reserve, an unspoilt wilderness area home to the Big Five and a huge variety of other wildlife. Accommodation is provided in luxurious, spacious thatched suites tucked away in the bush. Guests will enjoy high-end African-style luxury, seclusion and exceptional game viewing in a beautiful and very diverse reserve. Excellent cuisine and a refreshing rock swimming pool round off a superb safari experience.


  • Full board Big 5 safari in the beautiful mountainous Welgevonden Reserve
  • Intimate venue with 5 luxurious chalets tucked into the surrounding bush
  • Stunning vistas from the lodge deck

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, mosquito repellent, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach roads leading to the reserve are suitable for all vehicles.
Guests will be picked up at the Welgevonden West Gate.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game drives
  • Game walks
  • Educational stargazing


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe







Rugged mountains, rolling bush and abundant wildlife characterise this area. The Waterberg is one of Limpopo’s most popular eco-tourism regions. Over the past decade it has come to rival Mpumalanga’s legendary Lowveld, with the added plus of being malaria-free.

The Waterberg offers a range of wildlife and safari experiences. These vary from Big 5 private reserves and game lodges to remote wilderness hideaways and self-catering bush camps. There are also national and provincial reserves.

The region is named after the Waterberg mountain range - ‘water mountains’ in Afrikaans - that stretches west to east for about 150km from Thabazimbi to the Mokopane. The mountains form the shoulder of the Palala Plateau – the bushveld of which rolls westwards all the way to Botswana.

True to their name, the Waterberg mountains include many rivers, streams, swamps and wetlands. The Limpopo River forms the western boundary of the region and the Mogalakwena River the eastern. The Waterberg has vast tracts of bushveld savannah punctuated with clusters of trees and tall savannah shrubs. The Springbok Flats are to the south. 

The Waterberg is more than three million years old – and there are numerous archaeological finds and San paintings that give us glimpses of its past.

Mining has long been essential to the Waterberg’s economy. An Iron Age mineshaft found in the Waterberg was carbon dated to 1 500 AD. Five hundred years later, mining is still taking place. The Waterberg is one of the richest mineral deposits in the world. It’s part of the Bushveld Igneous Complex - a unique geological complex of volcanic rocks formed some 600 million years ago. The complex extends over 50 000km² and is rich in platinum, iron ore, vanadium, tin, tungsten, chromium and coal.

The Waterberg region includes the towns of Bela-Bela, Modimolle, Mabatlane, Lephalale, Mookgophong and Thabazimbi. The largest town is Bela-Bela, a lively centre for surrounding farms and game reserves, and famed for its hot springs. The name Bela-Bela means ‘water that boils’ in Tswana.

The towns of Modimolle and Mookgophong are steeped in interesting Iron Age, Nguni and Voortrekker history. The quaint village of Matlabane is a meet-and-greet spot for many travellers to the area, and Lephalale is the centre for the region’s thriving hunting industry.

The heart of the Waterberg is the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, a 400 000ha protected wilderness area offering a mix of nature, culture and heritage. It was declared by UNESCO in 2001 on the basis of its mountainous habitat, magnificent red sandstone cliffs and evidence of human occupation dating back thousands of years. It was first inhabited by the San people, who left their legacy in the form of rock art and cave paintings.

The only savannah reserve of its kind in southern Africa, the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve includes private and provincial game reserves. It also has areas of cultural and archaeological significance. The region has a strong conservation ethos, and eco-tourism and sustainable practices underpin many lodges and reserves here.

The Waterberg offers an exciting mix of wildlife and wilderness experiences – from traditional game lodges to tailor-made adventures. You can go hiking, camping, 4x4 off-roading, horseback riding and birding. The Waterberg is famed for two significant birding sites. The Nylsvley Wetlands is home to over 400 species of waterbirds. The Marakele National Park is home to the largest Cape vulture colony in the world. The area also has conservation training programmes, wildlife rehabilitation centres and educational school camps.

Look out for

Marakele National Park - The name Marakele is Tswana for ‘place of sanctuary’ and this wild and remote reserve is just that. Marakele has craggy hills and deep wooded kloofs, with rare cycads, tree ferns and yellowwood trees. This is an unspoilt part of the Waterberg, home to all the large game species from rhino to elephant and the big cats. It is also home to the world’s biggest Cape vulture population – over 800 breeding pairs.

Nylsvley - The Nylsvley Conservancy is a favourite destination among South Africa’s birding community. It is part of the country’s largest flood plain. Stretching over 70km from Modimolle to Mokopane, Nylsvley is a world-renowned RAMSAR site. In the rainy summer months the grasslands of Nylsvley are transformed into lake that stretches for kilometres. It virtually becomes an international bird airport. The Waterberg Nylsvley Birding Route covers Nylsvley, the Waterberg mountains and Marakele National Park.

The Waterberg Meander - The Waterberg Meander is a self-drive route through the heart of the region that takes you to a series of interesting sites, community projects and tourist attractions. Visit local arts & crafts projects, explore the ancient hill of Melora, meet the Waterberg Red Beds, an unusual geological formation, check out the glorious mountain peaks known as the Seven Sister of the Waterberg, or visit a monument dedicated to explorer David Livingstone.

Bela-Bela’s hot springs - Long known for their healing properties, the hot mineral springs at Bela-Bela bubble out of the ground at about 2 200 litres per hour, at a temperature of around 53ºC. The water is rich in sodium chloride, calcium carbonate and other salts with natural healing properties. The Bela-Bela Aventura Resort is a popular spot for its water world activities. There are many health and pampering opportunities in and around Bela-Bela.

The annual Big Five Marathon - The 42km-long Big Five Marathon is known as the wildest of them all – they say it’s tougher than South Africa’s famous 88km-long Comrades Marathon. Held at Entabeni Game Reserve in the Waterberg mountains, this annual marathon attracts thousands of runners from around the world. Out here there are ravines and gorges, rivers and lakes, and stretches of unspoiled bushveld. There are no fences; just wide open spaces and a tough challenge for marathon runners.

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